Season Three is the third season of Gossip Girl, the American teen drama based upon the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. It aired on The CW from September 14, 2009 to May 17, 2010 with 22 episodes. The season premiered 2.55 million viewers and a 1.4 Adults 18-49 rating, up 14% in viewers from its season two finale.
Although this is the least watched season to date, with an average of 2.02 million of viewers tuning in each week, it is the highest rated with a 1.1 rating in Adult 18-49.
As the summer is drawing to a close, Blair and Chuck are madly in love and adjusting to their new "in a relationship" status, breaking all traditional rules of dating as would be expected. Meanwhile, Serena returns from her European adventure with many secrets to hide. Nate returns from his travels with a mysterious brunette, Bree Buckley in tow. With Lily away in California visiting her mother, Rufus, Dan, and Jenny spend the summer in the Hamptons, adjusting to the van der Woodsen's glamorous lifestyle surprisingly faster than any of them expected. Also, Vanessa introduces her new friend, Scott, to Dan and Rufus.
Title come from the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune.
Blair, who is determined to maintain her Queen Bee status in college, embarks on her first day at NYU, along with Dan and Vanessa. Unfortunately, Georgina turns up as Blair's roommate in the dorms, determined to make Blair a social outcast. As Serena prepares to depart for Brown, she and Chuck have a major falling out, so she recruits Chuck's enemy, Carter, to help her get even. Meanwhile, Nate and Bree decide to explore their relationship further, knowing full well it could cause tension between their families who are political rivals.
It's an Upper East Side face-off when Blair and Chuck both set their sights on a particular item up for bid at Sotheby's and the personal stakes are high. Meanwhile, Serena suspects that Carter may be up to his old habits and being not completely honest with her. Georgina takes an interest in Dan, and Vanessa begins to suspect that something isn't quite right with Scott. Finally, Bree's true intentions with Nate are secretly revealed: related to Carter and his exploits.
It's the first day of school at Constance Billard which means it's also time for Jenny to take her rightful place as the new Queen Bee. Unfortunately for Jenny, Blair is more than happy to intervene when news reaches her that she may be needed back at Constance. Meanwhile, Lily returns home to Rufus and her family to find that things are definitely not as she left them. Plus, a famous movie actress, Olivia Burke, enrolls at NYU in hopes of having a somewhat normal college experience, and is assigned to be Vanessa's roommate. Ursula, an actress co-starring in Olivia's movie befriends Serena when she is hired as her publicist for an upcoming movie premiere.
Lily and Rufus decide to move up their wedding day. Chuck discovers a secret that Carter has been keeping from Serena which involves Bree and the Buckleys. Dan and Vanessa are pulled into one of Georgina's schemes when she lures Scott back to New York on a ruse to break up Lily and Rufus. Also, Blair is suspicious of Bree and shares her concerns with Nate.
Title comes from the 2008 film Rachel Getting Married.
Vanessa, hoping to finally win her difficult activist mother Gabriela's approval, desperately vies with Blair for the honor of delivering the freshman toast at NYU. Meanwhile, Dan invites Olivia to meet Rufus and Lily, which leads to all sorts of problems for the new couple. Elsewhere, Serena and Nate team up to help Carter win money at a poker table to free him from his arrangement with the Buckleys; but Nate has a different plan in mind.
In need of publicity for the opening of his new Empire Hotel, Chuck decides to move up the hotel's nightclub opening and enlists Serena's help to get the word out to her celebrity clients. Feeling left out of the planning, Blair attempts to win Chuck's approval by secretly helping him with a problem concerning opening night. Meanwhile, Dan is unnerved when he finally watches one of Olivia's infamous sex scenes with co-star and real-life boyfriend at the time, Patrick Roberts in one of her movies. Also, Jenny is forced to choose between her relationship with Eric and her new role as Queen Bee of Constance Billiard. Elsewhere, Rufus tries to gets Lily into the Halloween spirit.
Title comes from the 1967 film How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Olivia says something she regrets during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's talk show and tries to keep Dan from finding out. With election day around the corner, Nate suspects his grandfather will stop at nothing to get his cousin Trip elected to Congress. In the midst of another feud with Serena, Blair befriends a new girl and takes her to an election night party at Chuck's hotel, hoping to make Serena jealous. Meanwhile, Vanessa becomes upset with Nate because of his schemes during the election.
Title comes from the 1974 film The Godfather Part II.
Not satisfied with just being Queen of Constance Billard, Jenny sets her sights on becoming the Queen of all the Upper East Side by landing the hottest escort for Cotillion. Meanwhile, Nate and Chuck plot to help Serena and Blair repair their damaged friendship by intentionally trapping them inside an elevator. Dan is upset when Olivia contemplates leaving school for a movie project, so he and Vanessa take her out on the town with a bucket list: that includes a threesome. Blair and Eric plan to dethrone Jenny at Cotillion, so Blair enlists Kira Abernathy, a student at Constance, to take her down. Jonathan, upset at Eric's scheming with Blair, breaks up with him.
Title comes from the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.
Hoping to impress the elitist theater kids at NYU, Blair sets her sights on landing a private concert with the hottest musical performer of the year, Lady GaGa. Dan and Olivia sign up to write and star in a school play, based on an idea by Blair and directed by Vanessa which leads to more quarreling between all involved. Serena turns to Nate to help her get through a difficult situation when she begins falling for his cousin, Tripp, despite the fact that he is married. Jenny agrees to hang out with Damien, the son of an ambassador who is staying at Chuck's hotel, but the experience proves to be a lot more intriguing than she expected.
Title comes from the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco and the 2008 song "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga.
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving on the Upper East Side if there wasn't a serving or two of some major drama for the holiday. Blair suspects her mother, Eleanor, has been keeping a big secret from her. Vanessa is supposed to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, but has a fight with her estranged mother and shows up on Dan's doorstep. Meanwhile, Rufus learns that Lily has been lying to him about her mother, Cece, and about her whereabouts during the summer. Chuck tells Nate that he has some potentially damaging information about one of their friends. Jenny learns that Eric was behind her very public embarrassment at Cotillion and Serena is put in a very awkward position when her mother invites Tripp and his wife Maureen to join them for Thanksgiving dinner
Title comes from the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
On the first anniversary of Bart Bass' death, Chuck wrestles with the dilemma of following his conscience, or that of his father. Serena runs away with Tripp where they hide out at his cottage. During Tripp and Serena's drive back to New York, an argument between them brings a terrible accident when Serena is seriously injured in a car accident and he flees from the scene. Back in New York, Dan and Vanessa attempt to navigate their newly complicated friendship when Dan seeks a new potential relationship with one of Vanessa's friends. Elsewhere, Eric and Kira make plans to dethrone Jenny. Also, the relationship between Lily and Rufus deteriorates even more when he discovers a letter from Serena's father.
Nate and Serena decide to explore the boundaries of their new relationship. Meanwhile, Blair suspects that Chuck is having problems forgetting about the mysterious woman he saw at his father’s grave. Serena asks to accompany Damien to a State Dinner but is unaware that he needs her help with a drug exchange. Things are complicated when Jenny crashes the event and Serena inadvertently acquires Jenny's coat with the contraband stash sewed into it. Elsewhere, Vanessa and Dan attempt to move past the awkwardness of Dan’s confession of love. Also, Rufus returns from a ski trip and tries his best to avoid Lily whom he suspects was unfaithful.
Rufus and Lily grow more angry and suspect of Jenny's relationship with Damien in which Jenny decides to rebel by revealing Damien's drug dealing profession. Meanwhile, Chuck confides in Blair, Serena, and Nate about his investigation into the mysterious woman, Elizabeth Fisher, who may or may not be his mother. Elsewhere, Dan and Vanessa struggle through the awkwardness of dating other people when they attend a college beach party with their respective dates. Also, Serena makes a decision regarding finding her father after having a talk with Chuck's mother.
Despite being grounded, Jenny continues to secretly see Damien who tells Jenny that he wants to have sex with her. Meanwhile, Lily tells Rufus the big secret she has been keeping from him even though she knows it's a huge risk. Dan and Vanessa explore a new stage of their romantic relationship. Serena and Nate have an argument about their past events. Also, Chuck is forced to make an extremely difficult decision about transferring ownership of his hotel to Elizabeth when a lawsuit is served against him by female employees for sexual harassment and his devious uncle Jack returns to New York with an agenda.
Title comes from the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Chuck finds himself once again at odds with Jack when Chuck learns that his mother, Elizabeth, is in fact a con artist in love with Jack and she betrays Chuck by having signing ownership the hotel over to Jack. Meanwhile, Eleanor puts Blair in charge of making sure her latest fashion show is a huge success with an important client. Rufus attempts to get Jenny back on track by volunteering to have her help with Eleanor’s fashion show, but the opportunity takes a big turn for the worse when Jenny learns that her old frenemy, Agnes, will be one of the models. When Jenny is drugged and left by Agnes at a gentleman's club, Jenny calls on Nate to rescue her. Elsewhere, Dan and Vanessa announce their newfound romance to everyone and try to have a real date when Vanessa cooks dinner at the Humphrey loft to get out of a rut.
Title comes from the 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Chuck and Blair are faced with the most difficult decision they have ever faced as a couple when Jack tells Blair that she has to sleep with him for Chuck to get the hotel back. Blair decides to do it, but is devastated when she learns the full story. Meanwhile, Serena plans a surprise birthday party for Nate, but Jenny does her best to sabotage Serena’s efforts by keeping Nate away. Elsewhere, Dan and Vanessa’s new relationship hits a bump in the road, when they have to evaluate each others' work.
Title comes from the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.
Chuck offers to throw a wedding for a very pregnant Dorota who insists that she and Vanya have a traditional wedding before her parents arrive from Poland and find their daughter pregnant and without a husband. Dorota asks Blair and Chuck to be part of the ceremony and walk her down the aisle while Blair's mother, Eleanor, and her stepfather Cyrus, also step in to help out. Meanwhile, Serena lies to Nate to meet up with Carter Baizen. Also, Rufus discovers that Lily has been lying to him about her whereabouts.
Title comes from the 1988 film The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
When Lily's ex-husband, Dr. William van der Woodsen shows up unexpectedly in Manhattan, Serena finally gets the reunion she has so desperately wanted with her father, but the circumstances turn out to be far from ideal when Will reveals a secret of Lily's failing health. When Serena and Nate continue to have relationship issues, a scheming Jenny is more than happy to be a shoulder for Nate to lean on. Meanwhile, Dan finds out that he didn't get accepted into the Tisch writing program and Vanessa admits she may have been somewhat responsible by acquiring the spot that Dan wanted in the first place.
Will's return to the Upper East Side continues to stir up problems for Serena, Lily, and his long-standing rival, Rufus. Meanwhile, Serena and Jenny's relationship is strained as a result of Jenny's interest in Nate. Blair spends time on the Columbia University campus and realizes where she truly belongs. Also, Dan learns that Vanessa has been keeping yet another secret from him when she informs him that she has decided to leave town for international activist work in Haiti. Elsewhere, Chuck struggles with the idea of Lily's sickness while he continues to try to make up with Blair.
Title comes from the 1964 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
When things get tense between Rufus and Will, Serena chooses to stand behind her father, making Rufus feel like an outsider in his own family. Jenny and Chuck team up to try to find out why a psychiatrist claims that Rufus had sex with her, while Blair joins forces with Dan and Nate to find out what Will is hiding. After many failed attempts, Chuck makes one last grand gesture to reconcile with Blair, hoping she will finally accept the fact that they are destined to be together. Elsewhere, Jenny deliberately withholds information from everyone concerning Will's intentions, and the later shares information with Will that may ultimately destroy Lily and Rufus' marriage.
Title comes from the 1992 film Husbands and Wives.
Rufus finds a final punishment for Jenny when she sends a Gossip Girl blast involving Dan and Serena's non-existent tryst, creating troubles for their relationships. Elsewhere, Georgina returns to the Upper East Side with a surprise for Dan. Blair gets delayed when Dorota goes into labor and accompanies her to the hospital while Eleanor and Cyrus are also there to lend moral support. As a result of being delayed, Blair misses her date with Chuck. A heartbroken Chuck, mistakenly thinking that Blair doesn't love him anymore, finds a lonely Jenny, and they attempt to fix their emotions together.
Title comes from the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris.